While I was hospitalized couple of weeks ago, the doctor also did a gastroscopy to confirm my reflux problem. This was after my complaints of stomach discomforts and a frequent irritating cough. I was sedated during the gastroscopy and the results confirmed that I had a mild acid reflux which explained those frequent burps and bloatedness after a heavy meal. Since, I have been reading on some holistic treatment on acid reflux as I also try to find out the types of food that tend to be more likely to trigger acid reflux symptoms.
Generally, acidic, fatty and spicy foods tend to promote gastroesophageal reflux. Also, coffee, alcohol, vitamin C and calcium supplements are gastric acid stimulants. If you consume these things, it is best to do so during the day and avoid them before bedtime. You may need to test if these foods can cause more reflux comforts as every individual may react differently to the causes.
Onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are known acid reflux stimulants, so are chocolate and peppermint. Milk and dairy items should be avoided at bedtime too. According to the doctor, eating smaller meals and drinking more water have all been shown to have good effects for coping with and managing acid reflux and related conditions.
Though there are a number of heartburn medications on the market, I strongly advise you to find simple solutions, such as avoiding certain foods, before you start medicating the problem. I had my medical term insurance during my time of hospitalization so the gastroscopy was done before the doctor decided on any treatment. You should always consult your doctor and discuss how your reflux problems can be treated.
Where holistic treatment is concerned, you may want to speak to a naturopath who can better advise you. When we treat the symptoms of a disease and do nothing for the underlying causes, it’s only a matter of time before the condition has additional symptoms.
So do ingest foods that help us and avoid the ones that can worsen the conditions. Start eating a little healthier and you should feel better, no matter how mild or severe your version of acid reflux is.